Nexus Innovation Challenge - Curriculum

Nexus Innovation Challenge Nexus Innovation Challenge - Curriculum

2021 Nexus Innovation Challenge - Curriculum

The nine-month longitudinal program provides a structured experience for teams to learn and apply design thinking principles to real-world situations and challenges in their own settings. Teams will be invited to identify an issue within their system (network, clinical unit, partnership) and develop a challenge statement that will be the focus of their design work and action plan over the course of the nine-month experience.

Elements of a successful challenge idea should include:

  1. Interprofessional collaboration among health professionals and/or other key stakeholders or sectors;
  2. Specific goal to address diversity, disparities, equity and racism;
  3. Intentional engagement of patients, families, caregivers, communities, populations; and
  4. Support of leaders within the organization committed to working toward galvanizing systemic change.

As part of the experience, all teams will be asked to define an actionable outcome for their challenge statement and share a progress report.  Important considerations for the challenge idea and defined actionable outcome include:

  • Importance to the team

  • Actionable

  • Ease of Implementation

  • Patient Family Engagement

  • Measurable Impact

Click on the sections below to read more about the Nexus Innovation Challenge Team-Based Learning Sessions.

Introduction to the Nexus Innovation Challenge: Principles of Design Thinking

In an effort to immerse teams in the design thinking mindset, a series of four brief online modules will be shared with all team members.  Teams are asked to view the modules independently – or together – and then schedule time for a team debriefing to talk about what was learned.  Innovation Challenge facilitators will be available to join team debrief sessions to support the learning and reflection. The modules will explore:

  • Intro to Design Thinking
  • mpathy and Reframing the Challenge
  • Ideation and Prototyping
  • How to Pitch It

Timing: Modules will be released for self-paced viewing in January 2021.  Teams should view the four modules and host a team debrief by the end of January 2021.


Building on our Foundation: Applying NCICLE Principles for an Interprofessional Future

Collaboration across professions and organizations has been critical to surviving the massive upheaval of the current environment. This course will focus on lessons learned from frontline clinical educators and leaders to better prepare for the clinical learning environments in the future.  The interactive workshop will include a focus on structures, processes and outcomes to best serve learners, educators, care teams and patients through active learning.

Timing: Mid-January


Getting Started: Setting the Stage for Design Thinking

Before diving into solutions, it is crucial to look at the challenge from a variety of stakeholder perspectives, including those not yet considered.   This 90-minute live virtual workshop is intended to orient teams to the key concepts of design thinking and begin to gain insights into the challenge from a variety of perspectives.   Teams will participate in the live session together, including dedicated time for teams to work on their challenge statements.  It is important that all members of the team participate in the session as it is an important building block contributing to the design process.

Design thinking facilitators will work with teams in large and small group settings to support learning and application of key concepts.

Setting the Stage for Design Thinking
10 min | Chris Purdy and David Lang

Stakeholder Empathy
30 min | Team Breakouts

Reframing the Challenge
30 min | Team Breakouts

Share Your Challenge Statement
10 min | All Teams

Wrap Up / Tee Up for Journey Mapping
10 min | Chris Purdy and David Lang

Timing: Late February 2021


Innovation Challenge, Part 1: Ideation and Prototyping

As part of the application process, each team has identified a challenge statement that summarizes the intent and focus on their work. The topics of focus emerged from Nexus Summit 2020 and teams are encouraged to reflect on conference resources as they consider approaches to their challenge.

All challenge statements should address interprofessional collaboration as well as one of the following topics:

  1. Diversity, disparities and equity or
  2. Patients, families, caregivers, communities, populations or
  3. Galvanizing systemic change

Design thinking facilitators will work with teams in large and small group settings to support learning and application of key concepts.

Intro to the Workshop
15 min | The National Center and NCICLE

Intro to Journey Mapping
15 min | Chris Purdy and David Lang

Ideation and Prototyping (Journey Mapping)
1 hour – 15 min | Team Breakouts

Create the Pitch/ Developing Actionable Plan
60 min | Team Breakouts

Wrap Up /Prep for Presentation
15 min | The National Center and NCICLE

Timing: Early March 2021.  Teams will submit their Design and Implementation Plans about 1 week after the this workshop. The design and implementation plan will include a goal statement, summary and implementation timeline.


Innovation Challenge, Part 2: Team Presentation and Feedback

Innovation Challenge teams will be invited to share their design thinking proposal with a panel of judges and other Innovation Challenge teams.  Each team will have the opportunity to present their idea as well as listen to the ideas of other teams.  Following the presentations, all teams are invited to participate in learning session with facilitators and expert judges to discussion overarching themes, as well as synthesize findings and lessons learned.

Session Outline

  • Teams present in front of everyone judges and other teams
  • Judging team identifies overarching themes and provides overall feedback in front of all attendees
  • Written detailed feedback provided privately to each team
  • Award for best proposal/presentation

Timing: Late March 2021

Team-based Debrief Sessions with Design Coaches
During August, each team will have a check in with their design coaches to talk through progress with their implementation action plan as well as receive feedback and discuss any questions. This session is designed to continue supporting teams in the real-life application of design thinking principles. Timeline: August 2021
Innovation Challenge Progress Reports

All teams will be invited to participate in the Innovation Challenge Progress Reports.   Teams will be asked to share updates on their progress toward their defined actionable plan and measurable outcome following a six-month implementation period. 

Timeline: September 2021